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27th January 2022

Inside the London Charterhouse in the late Middle Ages

In the year that we are raising money to preserve our monastic buildings, we are pleased to announce that Professor Julian Luxford is giving our March online lecture, when he will be sharing his research about the buildings of the original London Charterhouse around 1500, illustrated with contemporary records – before it was repurposed as a Tudor mansion, and then a school and almshouse.  Join Professor Luxford as he evokes the historically defining aspects of a site which, in spite of the worst efforts of Henry VIII (and the Second World War), has never stopped echoing its monasticism.

Julian Luxford is Professor of Art History at the University of St Andrews, where he has worked since 2004. One of his main scholarly interests is the medieval art and architecture of the Carthusian order, and he has published essays on some of the sculptural fragments in the Charterhouse’s museum and contributed to Revealing the Charterhouse, published in 2016. Book your place at the lecture here (with a donation if you can – very much appreciated). To find out more about our Charterhouse650 appeal click here.

18th March 2021

Cromwell, Bowes, the Goldsmiths and the Mint: recorded lecture

During the reign of Henry VIII a special three-way relationship existed between the royal jewel house, the mint and the Goldsmiths’ Company: the jewel house and the mint were both at the Tower of London. The jewel house was the repository of huge quantities of surplus royal plate and in times of need quantities of old plate would be trundled across the courtyard to the mint to be recycled into gold or silver coins. Each year the Goldsmiths’ Company was charged with checking (as it still is) that the newly minted coinage was of the correct alloy. Join author and expert in gold and silver Timothy Schroder as he takes a close look at the workings of this relationship and at the individuals who operated it: Thomas Cromwell, master of the jewel house and Martin Bowes, who was both master of the mint and an influential member of the Goldsmiths’ Company. Timothy Schroder is author of ‘A Marvel to Behold’, Gold and Silver at the Court of Henry VIII (Boydell, 2020) and past Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company.

Access your link to the lecture here (& a donation would be most welcome).

15th March 2021

Ask the Gardeners!

WE ARE SORRY THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED Following the success of our Flower Power online festival last September, our Head Gardener Kate Robinson has invited back a panel of gardening experts to join her for “Ask the Gardeners”- our very own online gardeners’ question time! This is your chance to spend a fantastically useful hour in the company of Kate, Ash Edwards of Horatio’s Garden, Sarah Whiting of Nettlewood Flowers and Charlotte Muswell of Boma Garden Centre, while they answer your most pressing gardening conundrums.  Kate manages the lovely walled gardens here planning colour and interest throughout the seasons, Ash is a specialist in creating gardens giving access and enjoyment to people in wheelchairs, Sarah is a flower expert – especially flowers for growing and cutting throughout the year, and Charlotte is the houseplant specialist.  Book now to plumb their combined knowledge and enjoy an hour of gardening talk and expertise. Tickets are just £5 – and you will be asked to submit your questions before the event.

18th February 2021

A virtual audience with Queen Elizabeth I: for schools

Calling all KS1 and KS2 teachers! Are you covering notable people throughout history as part of your teaching planning? Want to introduce your class to the most famous Tudor monarch? Then why not join Queen Elizabeth I as she welcomes you virtually in the Great Chamber at the Charterhouse where she spent time just before being crowned Queen of England.

The 45 minute session is fully interactive, with our costumed interpreter asking and taking questions, and will cover aspects of Elizabeth’s coronation and reign, as well as many aspects of Tudor daily life. All your students need is a chair, a crown, questions and an inquisitive mind!

The live online sessions are on Zoom and there is availability through March and April.  Please contact gabriella.swaffield@thecharterhouse.org to find out more and book your “audience with the Queen”, and see our session guidelines here.

11th January 2021

Two free poetry workshops for 18-30s

As part of our Community Engagement programme, the Charterhouse’s Young Community is excited to be partnering with the Poetry Society to invite audiences between the ages of 18-30 to two free writing workshops.

In this pair of workshops, led by poet Bristol’s City Poet Caleb Parkin, we will be drawing inspiration from the portraits in the Charterhouse’s historic Great Chamber, and we’ll create poems which explore clothing’s potential to empower and separate us. We’ll bring them to life in our writing, as well as uncover the rituals – past, present and future – of the Charterhouse itself. We look forward to welcoming participants with or without previous writing experience. All are welcome, and those not currently based in London should feel very free to join too. The first workshop is at 5.30pm Thursday 21st January, and the second at 5.30pm on Monday 25th January. Book your free place here.

18th May 2020

Henry VIII and the Men who Made Him: Live online

Join eminent historian and best selling author Tracy Borman live and online as she shares insights from her research, and excerpts from her book Henry VIII and the Men who Made Him. Henry VIII is famous for his multiple marriages, but it was the men in his life who shaped this notorious monarch – and he, in turn, determined their fates. In this talk we are introduced to a dazzling cast of characters: some ‘mad’ (Sir Francis Bryan, the so-called ‘Vicar of Hell’), some ‘bad’ (the grasping minister Thomas Wolsey) – but none as ‘dangerous to know’ as Henry VIII himself.

Tracy Borman has extremely kindly agreed to reprise her recent lecture at the Charterhouse online – to help raise funds for the charity as it navigates very challenging times during the pandemic.  Book here – payment is by donation.

We will be emailing all attendees with log in details for the Lecture prior to the event.

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